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Pirates release family seized on round-the-world adventure

Somali pirates have released a Danish family kidnapped from their yacht in February during an around-the-world voyage, amid reports of a $4m ransom.

Australian navy rescues Somali pirate hostages

The Australian navy said on Thursday it had rescued three sailors being held hostage by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa.

Navy keeps eye on piracy threat

An attempt by pirates to hijack a Mozambican ship off the coast of that country led SA to use its naval capabilities to monitor threats in SA waters.

Somali pirates capture supertanker, $150m of oil

Somali pirates captured a supertanker carrying an estimated $150-million worth of oil to the Gulf of Mexico.

Family pleads for release of SA hostages

Families of two SA hostages being held in Somalia after their yacht was hijacked by pirates on Monday pleaded for the couple's release.

Continued increase in piracy incidents ‘alarming’

Pirates kidnapped a record number of seafarers in 2010 in an "alarming" escalation of the crisis centred on Somalia, a maritime watchdog says.

Somali pirates release one ship, hijack another

Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier on Monday after releasing a Greek-owned tanker the day before, the European Union Naval Force says.

Somali pirates seize Panama-flagged ship MV ORNA

Somali pirates on two skiffs seized the Panama-flagged merchant ship MV ORNA after firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at the vessel.

Somali man gets 30 years for US ship attack

A Somali man, who admitted his role in an attack on a United States Navy ship off the coast of Africa, was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison.

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